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N.H. legislator resigns over Palin remark


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by Ben Smith

A New Hampshire Democrat who joked about Sarah Palin's death has resigned from the state's House of Representatives and ended his campaign for reelection, he announced today in a public letter to the House Speaker, apologizing for bringing "this House into disrepute."

Rep. Timothy Horrigan had speculated yesterday on Facebook that a slain Palin would become a martyr.

"I don't wish Sarah Palin dead ... but not merely for compassionate reasons. I also want her to live because a living Sarah Palin is less dangerous than a dead one."a dead Palin is more dangerous than a live one," he wrote.

(Horrigan is not to be confused with the other New Hampshire Democratic activist who was rebuked yesterday for expressing the wish that Palin and Levi Johnston had been on the downed airplane carrying Ted Stevens.)

Horrigan wrote before resigning that he "would like to offer a specific apology for making comments about Sarah Palin which could be — and were — misconstrued. She is, as far as I know, not a bad person at all — and certainly she deserves to live a long and happy life."

In his letter to Speak Terie Norelli he wrote, "I apologize for thoughtless remarks I made which have brought this House into disrepute."

An eccentric liberal Democrat from the Durham area, Horrigan's causes had included repealing New Hampshire's 200-year-old ban on adultery.
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"I apologize for thoughtless remarks I made which have brought this House into disrepute."



That's awfully difficult to do - bring a House into disrepute, even for such legislature as New Hampshire.

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